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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

Why I’m calling for complete repeal of statement of principles | Sam Goldstein

People have asked me why I did not support the compromise motion at the June 27 meeting of Convocation that would have made the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) controversial requirement that all licensees adopt a statement of principles (SOP) endorsing the society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives voluntary. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 1:23 PM

Legal aid ping pong harms vulnerable refugee claimants | Stephen Kaduuli

In its spring budget, the Ontario government cut Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding by $133 million and said it will no longer provide provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases. LAO is mandated to promote access to justice for refugee claimants among other vulnerable Ontarians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Retirement from SCC should not be a life sentence | Kyla Lee

Since the Trudeau ethics report was released last week, a small commotion has erupted in the legal community. The commotion centres around whether retired Supreme Court of Canada judges should be permitted to return to private practice and whether in doing so they can be weaponized against one another. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

For the PM, ‘sorry’ is the hardest word | Heather MacIvor

On Aug. 14 the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, released his report (Trudeau II Report) on the Trudeau government’s efforts to interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin (SNC). Dion concluded that the prime minister violated s. 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act (the Act) when he and his staff pressed former Attorney General (AG) Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and offer SNC a remediation agreement (Ethics commissioner finds PM improperly sought to influence AG re SNC-Lavalin prosecution). ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Helping prisoners’ kids avoid jail | Derek Reid and Jessica Reid

Every year over 300,000 children in Canada are separated from their parent because of their involvement with the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Happy birthday, law society | Sam Goldstein

A belated happy 222nd birthday to the Law Society of Upper Canada. On July 17, 1797, 10 lawyers gathered at the Wilson Hotel in Newark, Upper Canada, now Niagara-on-the-Lake to discuss how to better regulate the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Structured settlements: Hopes and dreams or real and certain | Julius Melnitzer

Personal injury lawyers should examine the feasibility of structured settlements (a settlement paid out as an annuity, not all in one lump sum) more closely in today’s low interest environment, a veteran plaintiff’s counsel maintains. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

Using electronic records as evidence | Ken Chasse

Records are now the most frequently used kind of evidence in legal proceedings and for legal services. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

In defence of the jury system in Ontario | Michael Smitiuch

On matters concerning injury victims, it is not very often that my views align with those of the defence bar in Ontario. So when I read the submissions made by Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) about the proposed revamping of the jury system and agreed with most of their general points, this caused me some concern. As a plaintiffs’ lawyer representing only injury victims, how could it be that I was seemingly on the same page as those who so often stand between victims and their pursuit of justice? ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Privacy concerns ramped up over border security agreement | Colin Singer

Canada and the U.S. have begun implementation of the third phase of the “Beyond the Border” security agreement finalized by the two countries in 2011. Aimed at facilitating easier trade and travel, the agreement provides for sharing of information about individuals crossing the border between the countries. ... [read more]